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Give a Warm Welcome this Holiday Season

Every holiday season, the IRC in Phoenix conducts a Holiday Giving Campaign to welcome refugees and other immigrants to our community. Through the Holiday Giving Campaign, individuals, families, and organizations sponsor a newly-arrived refugee family, providing them with gifts of much needed items. 

The Holiday Giving Campaign helps support refugee and asylum seeking families who have resettled from countries such as Afghanistan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Syria in during fiscal year 2020. These families have escaped war and persecution in their home countries and faced extremely difficult circumstances. Now, they are beginning to rebuild their lives in the United States.

Photo: Lindy Drew

Your contribution this holiday season not only provides these families with greatly needed items, but lets them know that their community cares and welcomes them.  Your gifts not only directly benefit your sponsored family, but also provide a community match of goods and time. Your contributions of time and gifts are matched $2 to $1 by the federal government, which provides rental assistance and job readiness training to newly arrived families.

For 2020, we have modified the Holiday Giving Campaign to apply COVID-19 safety measures. This year's program will be conducted online, through Amazon wish lists for each family. The IRC will share the Amazon wish list with each family's sponsor, which will include items the family has requested. You will also receive an email with the family’s information and a short bio. Amazon gifts will be sent directly to the clients.

Help make refugees welcome this holiday season. Contact Stephanie.Neely [at] Rescue.Org (subject: Holiday%20Giving%20Campaign, body: Hello!%0A%0AI'd%20like%20to%20be%20a%20sponsor%20for%20the%20Holiday%20Giving%20Campaign.%20) (Stephanie Neely) to become a Holiday family sponsor!